Ben joins Bloguin with extensive experience in online advertising, digital media, and open source technologies. Prior to joining Bloguin, Ben headed Yardbarker’s network growth strategy which saw 800% growth in page and ad impressions during his tenure.
Ben also has held consulting relationships with GroundWork Open Source, Watercooler Sports, and The Basketball Jones in addition to various marketing and business development positions spanning SugarCRM, Time inc, Acopia Networks, and E*trade Financial.
Moonlighting as a columnist and blogger, Ben has been lucky to enough to interview a Heisman winner, Super Bowl MVP , Cy Young Winner, and NBA number one overall pick for his personal blog and ESPN’s Bucknuts.com.
Known as “The World’s Greatest Chinese Jew”, Ben is notoriously known for his affinity for reality MTV, addiction to Lemon Propel Fitness Water, and open support for siestas.
Ben is a graduate from the Ohio State Business School and claims he picked the university only to aggravate his mother who attended Michigan.
Favorite Nintendo video game: Contra- Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Favorite sports video game of all time: NBA Jam- Don’t mess with Zo and Grandma-Ma
Favorite game announcer/color man: Brent Musburger
Favorite studio Analyst/sportscaster: Kenny Mayne (Chris Fowler comes in a close second)
Favorite pro team off all time: 94 49ers- Greatest secondary ever and amazing offense
Great sports moment seen in person: 2 OT 2003 NCAA National Championship
Most impressive/unbreakable record in sports: You really think someone is going to throw 8 no hitters and surpass Nolan Ryan?
Best sports movie of all time: Major League? So many good ones to pick, but they all pale in comparison to Juwanna Man
Worst products you bought because they had an athlete spokesperson: Either Michael Jordan cologne or possibly some Nike shoe for Kerry Collins.
Greatest sports movie head coach of all time: Gene Hackman Hoosiers
Derek started Bloguin after six years of web design and marketing experience with his two personal sites, DeROK.Net and TWolvesBlog.com. He decided to use the techniques and tricks he'd learned throughout the years to help other bloggers and also put a dent in his massive amount of medical school debt.
When he's not building sites, creating banners, and fixing code, he can be found saving the lives of sick children in Delaware and Philadelphia. He's currently in the middle of his residency in pediatrics and hopes to eventually specialize in oncology.
Derek's highlight as a blogger came when the Minnesota Timberwolves featured his two music videos on the Target Center scoreboard during the 2003 and 2004 playoffs. The Wolves flew him to Minnesota in '04 to introduce that year's video and he was able to witness the T-Wolves clobber the Nuggets in Game 1 of that series.
In addition to the above interests, Derek also enjoys old-school video games, loves Lost, can quote the Shawshank Redemption by heart, considers himself to be the world's leading expert on The OC, and believes that Bill Belichick is a genius and Tom Brady is his prophet.
Favorite Nintendo video game: Super Mario Bros. 3 - Never gets old.
Favorite sports video game of all time: NHL '93 - the apex of 16-bit sports gaming
Favorite game announcer/color man: Kevin Harlan - "GOOGLY OOGLY OOGLY BABAY!!!"
Favorite studio Analyst/sportscaster: Stephen A. Smith
Favorite pro team off all time: 2003-04 Minnesota Timberwolves - KG in his prime, Sam Cassell was an absolute assassin, finally breaking out of the first round, Game 7 vs. the Kings... Amazing.
Great sports moment seen in person: The Rock winning the 2000 Royal Rumble in MSG. By the way, you do know that Stephen A. Smith answer was a joke, right?
Most impressive/unbreakable record in sports: Cal Ripken's 2632 consecutive games played streak. Nobody's breaking that.
Best sports movie of all time: Rocky IV - "During this fight, I've seen a lot of changing, in the way you feel about me, and in the way I feel about you. In here, there were two guys killing each other, but I guess that's better than twenty million. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!"
Worst product you bought because it had an athlete spokesperson: I didn't buy it, but I did play ShaqFu once. Horrendous.
Greatest sports movie head coach of all time: I'm guessing Coach Eric Taylor from Friday Night Lights doesn't count since it's a TV show, so I'll have to go with Keanu Reeves in Hardball. The unintentional comedy was off the charts.
Stephen's work first caught the attention of Bloguin shortly after The Pensblog was recruited to join the network in 2009. Since then, he has become the go-to guy for creating banners for new Bloguin members.
After graduating from the Art Institute in 2002, Stephen landed an Art Director gig at a mid-sized agency in Pittsburgh, PA. As Art Director, Stephen had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects for print, web and broadcast. During that time, a coworker who was equally enthusiastic about hockey introduced him to a Pittsburgh Penguins fan site called The Pensblog. The site really caught Stephen's attention because of the crazy Photoshops the blog would include in their game recaps. After a few months of being a reader, Stephen decided to sent the blog a sketch of a possible mascot and has been a staple of the site ever since. When the economy took a nosedive in 2008, Stephen was one of the many who found themselves without a job.
Rather than taking part time design jobs that paid a little more than minimum wage, he decided to focus on building the Pensblog brand as well as establishing a client base of his own. The gamble paid off as, in his own words, "Losing my job turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to me". Most recently, Stephen has been creating custom hand-drawn Sharpie portraits of past and present Penguin players.
Favorite Nintendo video game: Mega Man 2
Favorite sports video game of all time: Tecmo Bowl
Favorite game announcer/color man: Announcer : Mike Lange / Color Man : Bob Errey
Favorite studio Analyst/sportscaster: Dan Potash
Favorite pro team off all time: Pittsburgh Penguins
Great sports moment seen in person: Penguins vs Bruins - Billy Guerin scores with less than a second left in the game to send it to overtime(and eventual Penguins win).
Most impressive/unbreakable record in sports: Mario Lemieux scores a goal in all five possible game situations in the same game: even-strength, power-play, shorthanded, penalty shot, and empty-net(12/31/88 vs New Jersey)
Best sports movie of all time: Predator
Worst product you bought because it had an athlete spokesperson: Big Ben Beef Jerkey -
Greatest sports movie head coach of all time: Kurt Russell as Herb Brooks in 'Miracle'